Florida: Boeing 737 had to land in a river

Boeing 737 passenger plane had to land in St John’s river
Boeing 737 passenger plane had to land in St John’s river
  • The Boeing 737 that was carrying 143 passengers and was supposedly to land in a naval airport, had to land in the St John's river in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night.

A Boeing 737 passenger plane with 143 passengers on board skids off the runway into the St. John's River near the US Navy's Jacksonville Air Force Base in Florida.

"The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for, but that crews were working to control jet fuel on the water." the Jacksonville sheriff's office said on Twitter.

" The military-chartered Miami Air International plane was coming from the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Navy's Jacksonville Air Force Base yet it skidded off the runway at around 9.40pm to ended in the St. John River instead of landing at the naval air station in Jacksonville due to a thunderstorm," the Public Affairs Office at the US Navy's Jacksonville Air Force Base said in a statement.

The statement added that the 136 passengers besides seven crew were alive and accounted for. Only twenty-one adults were transported to local hospitals for minor injuries but they are now in good condition. Navy security and emergency response personnel were on the scene and monitoring the situation.

The plane, which departed four hours late faced a hard emergency landing in Jacksonville because of thunder and lightning. We passed a terrifying experience literally; we felt that the plane hit the ground and bounced. It was like the pilot lost control of the plane, one of the passengers on board the plane, reported.

Boeing announced that it heard of the emergency landing of the plane in St John's river and collecting the necessary information.

Lennie Kerry, mayor of Jacksonville on Twitter, said that President Donald Trump had called him to offer help.

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